Friday, May 04, 2012

Paul Stafford lunch

Good Foundations: 1. Tracey Stafford and Tanya McGilligan; 2. Adam Clayton; 3. Laura Woods.
(Pix. Brian McEvoy)

The Paul Stafford Foundation Lunch took place at La Stampa Hotel recently and The Dining Room was packed to capacity for this now annual event. The Paul Stafford Foundation was established in 2007 to raise awareness and address the serious issue of suicide in Ireland. This year’s lunch was in aid of Walk in my Shoes, a campaign led by U2’s Adam Clayton which helps raise the much needed funds for young people with mental health issues or those suffering with depression.

The much anticipated lunch has been sold out for weeks and the dining room was filled to capacity. It was magic from the moment guests arrived, with illusionist Joe Daly entertaining the guests, following this they tucked into a four course luncheon cooked up by La Stampa head chef Malcolm Starmer who kept everyone happy with his expert cuisine.  The lunch was hosted by TV presenter and friend of both charities Laura Woods. Guests on the day included Adam Clayton, Caroline Desmond, Jackie Lavin, Dr Jim Lucey, Pippa O Connor and Barry Devlin.

The ladies of Dublin were rewarded for coming out in all their finery with  the best dressed receiving a coveted pair of PRADA shoes from the current Spring Summer collection – kindly sponsored by the Shoe Rooms at Brown Thomas. Not to be out done the men in the room gave the ladies a serious run for their money in the style stakes, with Louis Copeland himself judging best dressed man, and rewarding him with a tailored, bespoke suit from his current collection.